Wagner Takes Aim At Ref As Town Lose

Wagner Takes Aim At Ref As Town Lose

Huddersfield boss David Wagner was furious with referee Michael Oliver following his 10-man side’s 2-1 home defeat to Brighton.

Oliver’s controversial decision to show Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie a straight red card in the 32nd minute for his challenge on Yves Bissouma proved pivotal.

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Huddersfield were leading 1-0 through Mathias Jorgensen’s first-minute header, but Brighton hit back after Mounie’s departure with goals from Shane Duffy and Florin Andone, who marked his full debut with a second-half winner.

Replays of Mounie’s challenge on Bissouma showed there was clearly no intent, but he did catch the Mali midfielder high on his shin.

“For me, the red card was not a red card. But he decided to give it,” said Wagner, who was angry other decisions had not gone his side’s way.

“Maybe it was on the brink, but for me, it wasn’t. “(Leon Balogun’s late) challenge on (Town defender) Erik Durm was a red card for sure, as well. I must have consistency in my decisions and from my point of view, this wasn’t the case.”

Wagner was also incensed his side were not awarded a first-half penalty when Alex Pritchard appeared to be wrestled to the ground in the first half.

“If you had seen the Pritchard incident, it was a clear penalty and a red card because it was a clear and obvious goal chance two yards from the goal. That is what we should discuss,” Wagner added. “When the big decisions go against you, football makes for no fun and no football team has a chance of being successful.”

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